Endangered species conservation interns will gain hands-on, professional field experience, assisting scientists and researchers working on vital projects to protect our most vulnerable species. Boost your resume with practical skills that can set you on the path to a career in sustainable development. This is also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience some of our planet’s most remarkable species in their natural habitats.
GVI has been involved in conservation and addressing threats to our marine and terrestrial wildlife for over 20 years. We use specific criteria to guide which endangered species we focus our efforts and resources on:
When a species becomes endangered, it’s a sign that an ecosystem is out of balance. The consequences can be critical and can negatively affect the entire food web, including human food safety. Governments across the world use the IUCN Red List to track the status of endangered species, using this information to reduce biodiversity loss. This is essential for preserving the planet and the health of its inhabitants, including wildlife, farmed animals, and humans.
We conduct a range of different activities that support conservation efforts to protect endangered species, including:
We work with governments, non-profit organisations, international organisations and local communities to contribute towards growing the populations of endangered species. We also conduct awareness campaigns aimed at getting more people involved in the conservation of endangered species.
We offer sea turtle conservation internship programs in three locations: Costa Rica, Thailand and Seychelles.
You can join an endangered gibbons conservation internship in Thailand.
Madagascar is home to over 110 species of lemurs, and the only place on Earth where these mammals are found.
Similar to our lemur project, the primary aim of the project is to establish and monitor current population levels to determine the health of the species. This data is then used to inform necessary conservation strategies.
GVI’s conservation internship programs working with endangered chameleons are based in Madagascar.
Our pilot whale conservation program is based in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, a Spanish overseas territory.
Conservation status: Bottlenose dolphins are classified as least concern.
Scientific name: Tursiops aduncus.
Main threats: Commercial fishing practices.
In Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, a Spanish overseas territory.
Conservation status: Cheetahs are vulnerable.
Scientific name: Acinonyx jubatus.
Main threats: Climate change, hunting by humans, and habitat destruction.
Our cheetah conservation program is based in South Africa.
Conservation status: Leopards are considered vulnerable.
Scientific name: Panthera pardus.
Main threats: Habitat destruction and human conflict caused by real and perceived livestock loss.
Our leopard conservation program is based in South Africa.
Conservation status: Lions are classified as vulnerable.
Scientific name: Panthera leo.
Main threats: Habitat loss, trophy hunting, poaching, and human-lion conflict.
Our lion conservation program is based in South Africa.
Conservation status: Critically endangered.
Scientific name: Rhinocerotidae.
Main threats: Poaching and habitat loss.
Conservation status: African elephants are critically endangered.
Scientific name: Loxodonta.
Main threats: Poaching, habitat loss, and human-wildlife conflict.
Conservation status: Asian elephants are endangered.
Scientific name: Elephas maximus.
Main threats: Habitat loss, fragmentation, human-wildlife conflict, and tourism.
Our elephant conservation programs are based with traditional elephant keeping communities in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Conservation status: Vulnerable.
Scientific name: Aldabrachelys gigantea.
Main threats: Poaching and human encroachment.
You can join a tortoise conservation internship on Curieuse Island in Seychelles.
Conservation status: Jaguars are classified as near threatened.
Scientific name: Panthera onca.
Main threats: Habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict.
Where can I work with this endangered species?
Jaguar conservation internships are run out of Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve in Costa Rica.
We offer wildlife conservation internships focused on endangered species protection in six countries.
Conservation internships are based in: Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, a terrestrial and marine national park – unique for its close relationship with the community and an amazing example of shared conservation management between the community and government.
Habitat/ecosystem: Coastal and tropical jungles.
Species: Jaguar, green turtle, hawksbill turtle and loggerhead turtle.
Conservation internships are based in: Lokobe National Park on the island of Nosy Be. Known for its black lemur and panther chameleon populations, it’s one of the only places in Madagascar where the original Sambirano forest still exists.
Species: Lemur and chameleon.
Conservation internships are based in: Curieuse Island, home to a significant collection of Seychelles’ endemic species, including giant tortoises and three species of marine turtles who use the island to breed and nest. The Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 islands, of which 76 are coralline and the remaining are granitic. Seychelles is known for its atolls – ring-shaped coral reef islands – including Aldabra, the world’s second-largest coral atoll.
Our research partner: Seychelles Parks and Gardens Authority (SPGA).
Habitat/ecosystem: Island and coral reef.
Species: Giant tortoise, green turtle, hawksbill turtles and loggerhead turtle.
Conservation internships are based in: Karongwe (KA-RONG-WAY) Game Reserve in Limpopo, South Africa – a private game reserve located within the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve. This biosphere represents 1.4% of the land in South Africa but contains 55% of the total natural life found on the subcontinent! The reserve is home to the Big Five: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.
Our research partner: Karongwe Ecological Research Institute.
Species: African elephant, cheetah, rhino, leopard, lion.
Conservation internships are based in: The island of Tenerife! Known for its resident population of pilot whales – found alongside a high diversity and density of other whales and dolphin species – within the Tenerife-La Gomera whale heritage site, the first of its kind in Europe. After seeing a rapid rise in tourism in recent years, there is now a recognised need to cap that growth to ensure the local marine mammal populations are not overexploited or negatively impacted by excessive tourism. Habitat/ecosystem: Island and marine.
Species: Dolphin and pilot whale.
Conservation internships are based in: Phang-Nga, a province in southern Thailand, bordering the Andaman Sea on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula. Phang-Nga Bay, in southern Ao Phang-Nga National Park, is distinguished by its tall limestone rock-like islets, pristine beaches, and turtle nesting sites.
Habitat/ecosystem: Coastal and marine.
Species: Green turtle, hawksbill turtle and loggerhead turtle.
Conservation internships are based in: Chiang Mai, a close-knit farming community in which Asian elephants are an integral part of village life. The elephants have been reintegrated into the wild after formerly being part of the tourism industry. Mahouts (elephant keepers) are responsible for feeding, walking and bathing their elephants – and we work very closely with these keepers.
Our research partner: Huaypakkoot Elephant Community Foundation.
Species: Asian elephant and white-handed gibbon.
GVI works with a range of endangered species. We prioritise species that form a key part of a food chain, help the stability or regeneration of habitats, are important for the health and livelihood of local communities, and species that face human-wildlife conflict. Endangered species you might work with as part of your internship include big cats, cetaceans, elephants, primates, marine turtles and rhinos.
A large number of organisations are working to protect endangered species. These range from nonprofits and foundations to government agencies and even social enterprises. A few examples of large organisations include: International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Wildlife Fund, Jane Goodall Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Wildlife Conservation Society, Nature Conservation Foundation and Greenpeace.